World crude oil prices decrease!

Crude oil prices have fallen in the world market due to the spread of the Omicron Covid variant. Accordingly, the price of a barrel of Brent crude oil at the end of yesterday was 71.52 US dollars, which is a decrease of 2.72%. The price of a barrel of American WTI crude oil was $ 68.23, and it showed a decrease of 3.71%. However, fuel prices in Sri Lanka were increased from midnight yesterday (20).   Thank you

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Indiscipline and disaster

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, addressing a group of officers who passed out at the Sri Lanka Military Academy, Diyatalawa, over the weekend, waxed eloquent on discipline, which he called the highest virtue in the life of a military officer. He also said optimism, self-confidence and trust in his or her team were prerequisites for the success of a leader. While agreeing with him on this score, one may add that the success of any leader also hinges on his or her ability to enforce discipline at all levels of the organisation…

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Opposition Leader condemns continuous imprisonment of former MP Ranjan Ramanayake

Despite numerous occasions in which the President was requested to release former MP Ranjan Ramanayake and the Inter-Parliament Union’s stance on releasing him based on nine key points, the former MP is still imprisoned, said Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa today (20). The Opposition Leader made this observation following his visit to the Welikada Prison to see Ramanayake this morning. Pointing out that the former MP is spending a prison sentence for neither theft nor misconduct, Premadasa reminded that Ramanayake was a person who…

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A request – The Island

Of everybody I have known, Nihal has taken the longest time dying. As far as I recall, he first announced his impending death 50 years ago. I thought he would make it to his father’s 90 years, but he fell short by two. Regardless of the time consumed, his life was a life well-lived. He spent his early years as a Lake House employee at the family home in Wattala, where he was a neighbour of his Ananda schoolmate, my cousin, Asoka Gunasekara. Big Brother, Dr. Viranga Tissa, was a reputed medicine-man who…

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Composition of Litro LP gas printed on cylinders from today

The general public should not have any undue fear when using liquefied petroleum gas, says the Litro Gas Limited Chairman, Theshara Jayasinghe. He also noted that there is no change in the composition of Litro’s LP gas, adding that steps have been taken to obtain recommendations from foreign experts in this regard. The remarks of the Litro chairman came during a media briefing organised by the Presidential Media Centre earlier today (December 20). President’s Media Spokesman Kingsly Rathnayake moderated the media briefing. Though certain groups have suggested that the cause…

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IMF can’t intervene in rescheduling international sovereign bonds; SJB disagrees – The Island

By Shamindra Ferdinando Former outspoken Minister D. E. W. Gunasekera says the unprecedented crisis faced by cash-strapped Sri Lanka in meeting its external debt obligations in 2022 and 2023 cannot be solved by seeking IMF intervention. The government has ignored repeated calls by various parties, both in and out of Parliament, to seek IMF intervention as it is aware the IMF is not in a position to intervene as close to half of the country’s external debt obligations were to the international money market, one-time General Secretary of the Communist…

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GMOA to launch islandwide strike action from tomorrow

The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said it would be launching an islandwide strike action from 8 am tomorrow (21), based on seven demands, including resolving issues regarding the granting of post-internship appointments. The GMOA is still on strike in five districts today, alleging that the Health Secretary has acted arbitrarily in granting post-internship appointments. MIAP Thank you

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Delta, Omicron can combine to make a super strain, experts say – The Island

By Shamindra Ferdinando Former outspoken Minister D. E. W. Gunasekera says the unprecedented crisis faced by cash-strapped Sri Lanka in meeting its external debt obligations in 2022 and 2023 cannot be solved by seeking IMF intervention. The government has ignored repeated calls by various parties, both in and out of Parliament, to seek IMF intervention as it is aware the IMF is not in a position to intervene as close to half of the country’s external debt obligations were to the international money market, one-time General Secretary of the Communist…

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2022 Grade 01 studies to commence from April

The academic activities of 2022 for Grade 01 students will commence from April, revealed Education Minister Dinesh Gunawardena speaking to media in Kandy today (20). The process of enrolling Grade 01 students will be carried out as usual, he added. The 2021 Scholarship Examination is expected to be held at the end of February and the G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination will be held thereafter. The  G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination is set to be held in May next year. MIAP Thank you

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Inuki upsets top seed as semi-finalists found in Under 14 category   – The Island

Sri Lanka Sailing Nationals The Sri Lanka Sailing Nationals 2021 concluded on December 11 after two days of sailors of all ages battling it out on the clear waters of the Bolgoda Lake. With a record number of 117 sailors fighting for the coveted titles under clear skies on December 10 and 11 at this year’s nationals, the races concluded with clear wins as well as close shaves. The Sri Lanka Navy emerged as winners in five of the seven classes including the GP14, Enterprise, Laser Standard, Laser Radial and…

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Sri Lanka receives more Pfizer COVID vaccine shipments

The United States has delivered an additional 820,000 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health, increasing the total donation from the American people to 3.4 million jabs. “The United States supports Sri Lanka’s ongoing efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible,” said U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Martin Kelly.  “Widespread vaccination is vital to ending the pandemic, preventing the emergence of new variants, and rebuilding livelihoods.  With the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization, we are doing all that we can to build a…

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Opposition Leader donates hospital equipment worth Rs. 2.3 million in memory of Music Legend Sunil Perera

Essential hospital equipment worth Rs. 2,360,000 is set to be donated under the 34th phase of the ‘Jana Suwaya’ Project undertaken by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) as part of the ‘Samagi Jana Balawegayen Husmak’ initiative launched in relieving those affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic. The hospital equipment will be donated in memory of Music Legend Sunil Perera whose uncanny contribution to the Sri Lankan Music for decades lingers in the corridors of time. The hospital equipment consists of eight Edan Multipara Monitors worth Rs.…

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Vaccination card mandatory in public places from 01 Jan.– Minister – The Island

By Shamindra Ferdinando Former outspoken Minister D. E. W. Gunasekera says the unprecedented crisis faced by cash-strapped Sri Lanka in meeting its external debt obligations in 2022 and 2023 cannot be solved by seeking IMF intervention. The government has ignored repeated calls by various parties, both in and out of Parliament, to seek IMF intervention as it is aware the IMF is not in a position to intervene as close to half of the country’s external debt obligations were to the international money market, one-time General Secretary of the Communist…

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Showers expected in several provinces

The Department of Meteorology says a few showers will occur in Eastern, North-Central and Uva provinces within today. Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places in Rathnapura, Kaluthara, Nuwara-Eliya, Galle and Matara districts during the evening or night. Mainly fair weather will prevail elsewhere. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers. Sea Areas: A few showers will occur in the sea areas off the coast extending from Mullaitivu to Potuvil via Trincomalee and…

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Success not possible without others’ help despite talent: President

Success may not be possible without the help of others no matter how talented a person is, emphasised President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, speaking to the welcoming of the 96th Passing Out Parade held at the Army Faculty, Diyatalawa today (19). Pointing out that setbacks are part of the path one may embark on, the President added that the leader must be able to face them successfully and take bold decisions. Discipline is one of the greatest qualities of a military officer’s life, President Rajapaksa went on,…

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